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Following an exhilarating night of first-class racing Saturday under the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be out of the saddle for four-to-six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training mishap early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night's 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), the featured event on a spectacular "Downs After Dark Presented by Ste
Valiant Boy SBFAR, the 2012 Arabian Horse of the Year, was able to edge out RB Champagne Taste in the closing stages of the $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) by three quarters of a length, thus successfully defending his title in the race he won a year ago under the Twin Spires.
A late charge by Aurelia’s Belle that appeared to fall just short was transformed into a victory in Churchill Downs’ $111,900 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf when apparent winner A Little Bit Sassy was disqualified from first and placed fourth after track stewards ruled that the latter had interfered with other horses when she veered
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ multiple graded stakes-winner Tapiture rebounded from a 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands to win Saturday night’s 17th running of the $109,400 Matt Winn (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by two lengths over Ulanbator.
Bill Cubbedge’s Molly Morgan made a bold inside move on the final turn to grab the lead under leading jockey Corey Lanerie and rolled to a four-length upset win over Flashy American in Saturday night’s $216,200 Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Randy Patterson’s Moonshine Mullin pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (G
Churchill Downs and TwinSpires.com have teamed to make Stephen Foster Handicap night even more enticing for bettors by offering a one-night-only $100,000 guaranteed jackpot pool for the 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot wager.
Saturday’s Single 6 sequence will cover Races 4-9, which begins at 7:26 p.m. (all times EDT) and culminates with the $100,000 Regret (Grade III) at 10:11 p.m.
Churchill Downs to Award $127,000 in Kentucky Derby, Oaks Charitable Contributions During Stephen Foster 'Downs After Dark' Celebration
Three charitable organizations will visit Churchill Downs Racetrack during "Downs After Dark" festivities on Saturday, June 14 to accept donations totaling $127,000 from the historic track that were generated by activities during this year's celebration of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!